Don’t Want To Meditate?

Then realise that liberation is just seeing,
and be at ease with whatever happens.

If we forget, we meditate.
Meditation is just seeing,
being pure awareness.

Liberation is freedom
from karmic reactions,
and lightens our load.

We don’t have to meditate,
but it helps preserve sanity.

Decide on the one main point,
and preserve its preciousness.

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When We Stop Being Naïve

When we stop being naïve,
we can start being naïve.

There are two meanings to the word naïve;
“showing a lack of wisdom”
and “being natural and unaffected”.

When we stop regarding the news as being selective truth, and start to read between the lines, asking such questions as, “Why did they write this article?” and “Are they just wanting us to react?”, we start to see what is taking place. If we then don’t react but see the reaction in our mind, we become wise and natural, and remain unaffected.

We have to do the same when it comes to spiritual teachers. Teachers think of us as being naïve – lacking in wisdom – while they see themselves as naïve – natural and unaffected. If we can realise the essence of truth, we stop being naïve – lacking in wisdom – and become natural and unaffected: life is richer, and less expensive!

The essence of truth is very, very simple.
Whatever is seen is seen by consciousness. Not a consciousness that judges, but a pure consciousness that just sees. As we cannot be what we see, we realise that we are that pure consciousness that cannot be seen, but only realised. This is self-realisation. Wisdom has always remained natural and unaffected.

All the world is a stage, and we are players in it, being captured by the words that cast spells. At any moment, we can change our part and break that spell, realising emptiness – sans any thing!


From “As You Like It”

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide;
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

Once we understand the essence of everything,
everything is without – sans – true existence.

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What About ‘Me’?

We are not automata. We have a side to us, a temperament, a peculiar personality. We are definitely animals, and not vegetables ;D and we do not have to keep feeling guilty for having a ‘me’.

Once we’ve been introduced to the very nature of mind, which is our essential nature of pure awareness – consciousness conscious of itself – we realise that we are embodied in a human vehicle, with a human brain, and a human way of talking. This human vehicle, with a human brain and a human way of talking, is what we usually call ‘me’.

Now we realise that our essential nature and ‘me’ are not the same thing. I write a blog about the nature of mind that is inspired by the Buddha’s teachings, and those who have realised the Buddha’s teachings. However, if you met me in the street, I would just be an ordinary bloke who lifts boxes, digs holes, needs help with his grammar and paints pictures (the boxes are full of stuff that may be useful one day – I’m that sort of human). And if we spoke together, you might find me a bit annoying … that is my ‘me’ side. Others’ ‘me’s’ are are much nicer: if we are brought up in a nice environment, we will probably appear to be nicer people, although this is not a prerequisite for intelligence and kindness.

There is no point in fighting against our ‘me’: we are stuck with it. This ‘me’ comes from our upbringing, education, life experiences and habitual sense of self identity. Merely avoid exaggerating this ‘me’, and get on with neutralising karma.

By understanding ‘me’, we can understand ‘you’ and therefore we can empathise, although some ‘me’s’ may seem ludicrous and obsessive. Being ‘special’ is a huge weight to carry around. Being ordinary is liberating.

I like being ‘me’; we get on well together.
Why not like being you?
It’s what you have to work with.

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Stirring Up Ego

Books do not stir up ego: raw experience does.
We need the reaction to see the reaction,
to realise the meaning of the two truths.
This neutralises the reaction of ego clinging.

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Believing In God Is A Distraction From God Consciousness
Disproving God or believing in God are both a misunderstanding

Whatever we want to call ultimate reality, or whether we try to disprove reality or believe in reality, none of these is reality itself, is it?

For ultimate, supreme reality to be acknowledged, it has to be recognised by the same quality. Natural supreme consciousness – our true being – has never been confused. It has only been distracted to look elsewhere. All ideas that come into our mind have been acquired from outside that mind. These ideas confuse.

We are constantly misunderstanding.

Do you believe scientists when they say that the universe (space) is expanding? Expanding into what? How can there be an end to space? If there is an end, there must be a beginning of something beyond. Could the idea of God or the Buddha be a distraction from our supreme being? All ideas are beliefs, and therefore a distraction.

Of course, it’s our choice to believe or not: we cannot be told to believe or not believe, as that is up to us. All possibilities should be considered to see what is left. We don’t have to believe everything we are told: only by testing for ourselves do we know.

Is the path leading to the destination? Or is the path the destination itself?

When we realise that we are supreme consciousness – and have always been supreme consciousness – then there is no path, as the path has always been an illusion.

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Does Spiritual Progress Really Matter?

Does it really matter how much we care about our spiritual reality?

The only time we are in reality is when we cut the code in our programming, our habitual view of life that was gleaned from those around us. We think, “If everyone else is doing it, how can it be wrong?” It is our personal choice “whether to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or by opposing end them.”

I am just a student who writes a blog about personal experiences that come to mind, and I’m subject to the same frailties as everyone else. We may be full of knowledge and insight, but if we’re not practised in quiet solitude of motionless body, speech and mind, that knowledge and insight is futile. It really does matter how we practise and what we practise: being half-hearted lengthens our journey. ‘Short moments many times’ has to be precise.

We put off practice, maybe thinking we will do it later – when we feel that the time is right. This is a result of being caught up in our personal programming of putting things off. In our final days, we need to review life and see it was fruitful, and not a waste of time.

There is more to us than earning a living and playing games. In meditation, we find out what we truly are, rather than being a creature living in hope and fear.

Refining, purifying and ascending in levels is all about recognition of what matters.

Who Cares, Wins
We do care, but what are we caring about?
How much should we careIf we do not care,
then we neglect.

Who neglects, loses.
Who cares, wins.

Meditation is just pressing the pause button!

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Compassion – Does It Work?

Well, we are not going to change the world – not in its current mindset of over reaction and aggression. So what’s compassion all about, then? It’s all about remaining tranquil within one’s own mind, and so not doing harm to others. This is the conduct of non-violence in body, speech and mind.

In Buddhism, there are four enlightened (compassionate) activities – pacifying, enriching, magnetising and destroying egos games. These are precise tools to work with as long as they do not turn into demonic activities by enhancing our own ego’s games. (search – The Four Enlightened Activities).

What is the right response that can benefit a situation?

For a start these four activities suggest that we have to do something, rather than ignoring the situation. Of course, if we don’t know what to do, then doing nothing is best – and safer. It’s all down to our capacity to cope.

Showing that we care opens the door. Then, if someone walks through, we can communicate: this means there is a willingness. If a person does not want to walk through the open door, it’s their choice. Compassion means not expecting anything in return. We understand that people are confused and easily offended: compassion is therefore challenging and needs skilful attention. Unfortunately our conventional manner may not be to everyone’s taste. We are of different types, and different karmic backgrounds.

Compassion does work as it changes our attitude and reactions towards others. Every day, we hear and read opinions being expressed as if in a nasty dreamscape. When communicating, even silence is part of this dreamscape, as it indicates that people have an aversion to truly connecting. If we cannot empathise, then we cannot have compassion.

Seeing all this as a sad affair is compassion!
We know something isn’t right.

The opposite of sadness is joy.
We long for the joy of meeting but we lack clarity,
and have to come out of our comfort zone.

When we have compassion, we have love.
A meeting of minds,
when our own feelings are less important than those of others.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Be Happy!” What’s Happiness?

Isn’t it annoying when someone says, “Be happy”? When we are not certain of what happiness really is and how to achieve it, we become confused.

Happiness cannot be having material possessions or doing things, as that is just a temporary arrangement to fill up ‘time’. This idea of happiness relies on conditions: it is conditional happiness – the fake thing – as opposed to the real thing, which unconditional happiness – our natural state that does not rely on conditions. In fact, when we look closely at our fixated ideas, this happiness that relies on conditions is actually the cause of suffering. We act like a two year old when we realise that we can’t have or can’t do something, and we throw an adult tantrum.

There is a report out today stating that rich people are happier because they have more ‘time’ as they get other people to do chores for them, freeing them up to do what they want. This a spurious, fake, false analysis.

It is true that having ‘time’ and ‘space’ are conditions of happiness, but how can this be unconditional happiness?

Authentic happiness is pure being, and having the ‘time’ and ‘space’ to realise this. It’s a simple life. The less you want, the less you need, and the more ‘time’ and ‘space’ is available: I remember Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche saying that the Nepalese were happier before western ideas arrived in Nepal.

Happiness is the realisation of our true being, our essential nature, our ultimate consciousness that no outside force can disturb. But consciousness can be distracted. As long as we are distracted, we will never find happiness.

We can fetch water, chop wood, clean the floor while still remaining in ‘timeless spaciousness’.

Just remember to be …

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Sound In Silence
This says it all

Everything that is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched is perceived in the mind: it takes place in the mind, because that is when it is noticed! Then, we make a comment – a noise. The nature of mind itself is pure empty essence, which makes no comment. Comment therefore happens within the silence of empty essence, the very nature of mind.

Mantras in silence

Mantras have been used by meditators for thousands of years. A mantra is a syllable or syllables usually sounded in Sanskrit, that represents a certain quality. We may or may not know the meaning.

Sanskrit mantras are said to have powers as they have been endowed with special qualities because they’ve been used by enlightened ones, and so can have an uplifting feeling. Throughout life, practitioners chant hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of mantras. If we believe in mantras, then they will have a strong psychological effect. One could say that they are a form of abstract thought.

This is one way of looking at them, if we are a believer. If we are not a believer, then a mantra can help us concentrate by becoming absorbed in the sound, very much like watching the breath.

At a more practical and deeper level, when chanted mentally, a mantra gives the mind something to do while empty essence merely rests and experiences. The sound in silence.

When the mind is full of thoughts about the past and things we regret, a mantra can blast thoughts away if done intensely.

It’s nice to sing out loud isn’t it? Well, singing or chanting prayers or mantras has a good effect on the breathing and also brings down the inner wind in the subtle body (search ‘Inner wind, lung’ – pronounced loong).

All sound takes place within the emptiness of essence.
The sound in silence.

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Others Feel The Same Way

This is the power of empathy and compassion. Merely saying that we shouldn’t – or should – be a certain way is the creation of religious conformity.

I don’t want to be like you,
and you don’t want to be like me.
We don’t have to be in unison
but we can be in harmony.

Unison is to be at one at the same time.
Harmony is to be in concord at the same time.

Ultimate unison is being in harmony
with relative and ultimate reality.

That is oneness.

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The World Is A Setup To Upset

Of course, you will have noticed how violent films and video games are.
Of course, you will have noticed that, in daily life, violence and aggression are on the increase.

Of course, you will have noticed that cars are advertised as going fast.
Of course, you will have noticed how many speed cameras there are.

Of course, you will have noticed the hidden sugar and added chemicals in our food.
Of course, you will have noticed the rise in bad health in the population.

Of course, you will have noticed free access to the internet.
Of course, you will have noticed the un-empathetic judgements displayed every day.

Of course, you will have noticed an imposed mixing of cultures.
Of course, you will have noticed the competing ideologies that keep us divided.

Of course, we will have noticed mass migration.
Of course, you will have noticed destruction of countries.

Of course, you will have noticed that higher education is more accessible.
Of course, you will have noticed that the powers that be need to maintain their power.

Of course, you will have noticed the dissatisfaction that we all experience.
Of course, you will have noticed an organised system to control and upset our natural inner contentment, confidence and love.

Things do not just happen. Causes and conditions first have to be created, and the results of this are the genesis of future causes and conditions. As an example, this moment of ignorance is the creation of the next moment of ignorance: it is a self-continuity. The resulting effect is that people are creating their own bad karma, which makes them needy.

Is this abuse of power intentional or stupid? It all depends how high up we look, and how much we turn a blind eye to realising that children are being traumatised in order to corrupt the next generation. Does power corrupt? What do you think, remembering that this is the Kali Yuga, the Age of Hostility?

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men,
even when they exercise influence and not authority;
still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty
of corruption by authority.”
Quote used by Lord Acton 1887.

Of course you have noticed social engineering.

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Truth Seekers And Truth Finders
… and finders, keepers!

As truth seekers, we look at this approach and that approach, and “Oho! What they doing over there?!” We are offered things to wear, wave and chant, with books to read and, “Do come back for more.” As seekers, we follow – and keep on following: we actually find that we aren’t as free as we were led to believe.

So what is the truth, and how do we recognise it? And once found, how do we value it? It is something we realise, either gradually or directly. Directly is best as it saves a lot of time, but we have to be in the right mood! We have to want to see, to be open, and to actually try it.

We take for granted that we are aware: we are aware of this and that, and how this and that feels. “Oho! What are they doing over there?” is a familiar feeling, isn’t it? If someone came up to us and said, “The truth is all about awareness”, we might feel, “Yeah, yeah, but I want to know something interesting.” That isn’t the right mood – that’s being a hobby seeker. Being told something doesn’t mean that we know it, or that it’s true. As an example, the Buddha’s teachings are not the truth: the experience and realisation of the Buddha’s teachings is the truth.

The right mood is being really fed up, and really confused!

Awareness is the gateway to truth. It’s like mindfulness – it’s useful but not quite there. Awareness (or consciousness) is what all beings in the universe have. But here is the secret. When conscious awareness looks in on itself, it finds nothing but conscious awareness. There is nothing more. It is empty of something else.

When this is information is practised and realised, it becomes knowledge, and ultimately, wisdom. Then everything makes sense, and we recognise why we have been distracted and deceived by this and that for such a considerable length of time.

Once realised,
we recognise that we have always been
pure, empty, conscious awareness.

Finders, keepers!

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I’m Reluctant To Become One Of Those ‘Spiritual’ People”
We’re talking about the promotion of pseudo-spirituality

People behave oddly when it comes to religion, in the way that they act, talk, and carry ‘their self’ 😀 . Some Buddhists would prefer to be called just practitioners – and even then, that becomes a badge.

‘Spirituality’ is just a word for spirit, or essence of being; something non-material, beyond thought. Spirituality is our reality that never changes. In those quiet moments of doing nothing – just being aware and barely conscious – we find or realise true being.

Acting like a ‘spiritual’ person is a pretence of immense misunderstanding. It’s a show to say “Look, I’m different from you.” I’ve been part of many ‘spiritual’ groups and it was rare – actually impossible – to find anyone ‘ordinary’. This ‘being spiritual’ seems to be a westernised version of spirituality; a bad copy. I’ve noticed in Nepal that the Tibetans, Indians and Nepalese go about their duties without exaggerated self awareness, and no special airs, expressions or manners (but that’s not to say that there aren’t those who use religion as a lucky charm).

The atmosphere that such people create can make your toes curl: it’s like treading on egg shells, tiptoeing around so that they don’t get upset. There is a refusal to deal with the raw experience of the nitty gritty of conventional reality. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is down to the way people are taught, and the assumptions that are made about the teacher. The pseudo-humility of bowing and prostrating to everything encourages spiritual pride, and the problem is that this behaviour is not corrected (and it feels as if it’s encouraged, as a controlling mechanism). It’s as if we are all pretending that we’re love and light, but in relative terms, we’re not – and we have to be taught how to balance with this with absolute reality.

Spirituality is about discovering reality – rather than the pretence of reality. Modern people are brought up in a different way to the ancients, and we have to deal with and accept the way we are – which is a karmic product – and avoid overloading ourselves with additional problems.

Enlightenment is arriving without any luggage at all.

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It is always interesting to hear what others have to say: in fact, it’s a teaching and an opportunity see something from another’s point of view. Feedback is the circuit of our output and input.

Whatever you are feeling may be in others’ minds as well, and so this can keep topics current to our lives. There may not always be an answer or insight into our queries but we can “commune in frustration”!

Sometimes there is just nothing to do, which can be frustrating, and we have to let go of expectations. Still, it’s nice to chat. It’s a sort of journey together, even though we may not be totally at one. 🙂

Buddhist, theist, atheist, agnostic, gnostic, humanist, someone down the pub … we all have pure consciousness (and laziness!) in common.

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Maintaining Tranquillity
requires a change in life-style.

This means going from calling everyone a ‘Pillock!’* to pure observation without comment. Of course, in every situation, we have reactions in the mind, but we can delay the response, unless there is an urgency. This doesn’t mean that we don’t act; we just don’t re-enact out of habit … “Pillock!” … we merely note: “There ‘I’ go again.” This ‘I’ is our coarse, running commentary on everything that is seen; it’s as if we have our own private forum 😀

Through clarity, we transform from a harsh, rough texture which collects lots of dust, to a smooth texture where nothing sticks.

Behind all the mental chatter that has become our second nature is the essence of tranquillity of our first nature. It merely notes. The longer we rest in natural tranquillity, the more a change in lifestyle occurs. Whatever needs to be dropped falls away, and whatever needs to shine, shines.

The more we maintain tranquillity, the more intelligence is available. We start to see from different angles, so our responses can be more creative. We don’t have to become learned scholars: rather, it is having the ability to apply knowledge and skill through dealing with the raw experience.

This how we refine realisation, and abide in calmness.

Pillock: a stupid person: “A complete pillock!”
ORIGIN. mid 16th century: variant of archaic pillicock:‘penis’. 😀

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The Motivation For Compassion

Everyone, without exception, wants and needs happiness. Unfortunately, we are mistaken and confused in our endeavours to be happy, because we do not know exactly what happiness is. We are constantly creating the wrong conditions for real happiness to occur. All sentient beings, in whatever form, are circling in cycles of existence, looking for satisfaction while actually creating dissatisfaction.

We ignore our true inner nature of pure consciousness, power and happiness. Because we are self indulgent, we don’t know how to create a kind atmosphere, and the same scenarios reoccur. Being sentient is all about – ME. Understanding this, we can start to recognise what compassion is. People – all creatures – seek comfort: a nest, a niche within the collective. This is the ‘social I’.
Niche: a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.

According to the concept of reincarnation, we should see all sentient beings as having been our mother: if we have had countless incarnations wandering around the universe looking for a niche, then every being at some time has been our kind mother.

Okay, here we have to open up the picture. If everyone has been our mother (kind or otherwise), then every sentient being has also raped us, murdered us, and run off with our bicycle! This stands to reason, doesn’t it? 😀 And it must also stand to reason that we did the very same to them.

But, as all sentient beings are confused about their true nature, we can’t really blame them, as we are doing exactly the same thing! So we can see why samsara is called ‘the vicious cycle of existence(s)’. We can also see that it’s possible to have empathy and compassion for all the madness going on: it’s a matter of recognising that we are part of the traffic jam!

There comes a time when we say, “Enough. This madness has to stop.” The first step to compassion is admitting that we are suffering, and so recognise that everyone else is suffering, even though they may have a fortunate niche. We no longer want to take part in this charade, this pretence.

Clarity – seeing clearly, and being able to reason – is the first step to having compassion for all.

We may not like it, but for our own peace of mind, we must dedicate our practices and prayers to all sentient beings . This is the mind changer: we have personally made the decision to help every being in the universe, and we do this with genuine warmth. Or are we going to leave this to someone else?

If we really want to help sentient beings, we must know the essential cause that is making trouble for them.

We have to have the strong faith that, in recognising the need to be free of the effects of samsara, we have to first understand the nature of the mind, which is empty essence. One method is through Buddhism, but there are other paths to suit different temperaments – the mixture in the mind that affects our behaviour – while being aware that our temperament can change.

Whatever we choose, we trust in the depth of that teaching, rather than the superficial form: that just makes another nice nest – a niche.

We need to understand, with all sincerity in the depths of our heart, that samsara is muddy shit. It’s something we don’t want to keep walking around in. We could say that samsara is completely valueless. But wait! Wanting to get out of this valueless shit helps us seek a path of liberation and so enter the Dharma, or any other esoteric teaching. We gradually (or suddenly) realise that the fruit of this manure is wisdom.

All phenomena is experienced and realised by the grace of pure consciousness, pure awareness. Understanding this is our birthright. Until then, anything we do is still relating to – ME.

Compassion is the ability to empathise with others, as we are all making the same mistake; that is why we are confused, and we suffer.

Nothing Can Stop Us Meditating
as nothing can stop us just being aware.

We consent to being distracted.
The more distracted we are,
the less control we have over our lives.

We have tremendous power,
but idle it away in trivial pursuits.
The more distracted we are,
the less control we have over our lives.

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People Are Difficult To Talk To

As there are many levels of perception, so too, there are many levels of ignorance. When there is a shift from pure perception to conventional perception, a degree of bias is produced.

On a conventional level, we have to make moment-to-moment judgments, but if we fixate on these judgements and cling to them, we set up a pattern of predestined suffering.

As people, we create a persona, a mask, that is we carry around either to protect us, or to initiate some sort of recognition.

This persona is a ‘social I’. A ‘social I’ is a reflection of subtle information about ourself that we are picking up from others ­- and we do the same for them – which gives us a sense of either importance or worthlessness. This ‘social I’ can reveal subtle levels of aggression, as whatever is said could be interpreted as a personal attack.

We don’t have to be at one, or in harmony with others all the time: we notice that we fall in and out of love. It’s just a matter of being aware that this is taking place. If we aren’t aware of this (even though it’s glaringly obvious), communication is not only difficult, it’s impossible!

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There Are A Lot Of Gurus Out There
There are therefore a lot of methods

Do we choose a teacher, or does a teacher choose us? If whatever happens is due to karma, then everything is timely and synchronistic, and so we have to go with it. As like attracts like – and if we are fortunate – we gravitate towards that which concurs with our own leaning, our temperament. Gradually, we find our natural inclination and so, our natural method, and our natural teacher!

With the right knowledge, life is our teacher, and that brings us back to karma. Karma is our teacher. The right knowledge exposes wisdom, which is uncontaminated consciousness. Now, anything that arises – both the situation and our reactions – are clearly seen within pure consciousness. Another term would be ‘pure conscience’ – the inner knowledge of knowing what is beneficial and what is not, spiritually speaking.

Relating to an outer teacher is important from time to time so that we do not wander off, thus becoming half hearted (or worse still, using this knowledge to make money and fame). There are a lot of gurus out there!

The right guru/teacher is one who makes it possible for us to recognise, achieve and trust in our own supreme qualities, which are a reflection of the unfailing, sacred, wisdom teachings handed down through millennia.

We are all potential homo sapiens – wise humans – but most of us are still only halfway down the tree of knowledge – we are humans with monkey minds! We are the missing link! 😀

It’s not easy finding the right path with the right teacher at the right time. For that, we need the right merit.

Our path is available, waiting for us to transform.
Our path is our own confusion – it’s personal! 😀

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Realisation Is Liberation
to a certain degree or level

As there are many levels of realisation, so too, there are many levels of liberation.

Those levels are levels of stability. We may have realised the truth – that our true nature is one of pure consciousness as opposed to impure consciousness – but we forget this from time to time, and so we’re not stable in our experience. When we reach the stability of ‘no return’ – a level we cannot fall below, which is free of gossip and idle talk – we are then in control of our mind and our reactions.

Liberation is freedom from distraction, and has many levels. To say that we are realised and liberated and that’s it, is not strictly true; it is only true at that level.

‘Self realisation’ is realisation that is self-aware rather than aware of itself: it is a term that contains great subtleties. There is the realisation that we have acquired an image of ourself. There is the realisation that the self is really pure consciousness and beyond ordinary consciousness. There is the realisation that is self-realised: the capability of achieving equilibrium or equality of its elements by processes inherent within itself.

It is a matter of purification. The less I do, the more that’s seen.

As a beginner, the shopping mall is the last place we want to go; it’s a scary place with lots of scary people carrying scary plastic bags. Tibetans fear ghosts in the graveyards. For others, spiritual centres can have the same effect 😀 ! Once we gain confidence, stability and a sense of humour, we can go to the shopping mall, graveyard, spiritual centre … it makes no difference, as it’s all a playground, an amusement park to test our ability to remain stable, in equilibrium.

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Enlightenment Is Remembering Never To Forget
Simple, but not easy.

A Buddha never ever forgets what they are, which is pure conscious awareness that has completely purified all effects of karma/attitude. It is not a matter of remembering the moment now: it is resting in the timeless now that never ends, because of the realisation that pure conscious awareness has no beginning.

So we have some work to do – remembering not to forget.

Realising our enlightened nature isn’t a part-time occupation. We cannot say, “Oh, I’m enlightened – my third eye is open” and then just carry on as ‘normal’: we have to arrange life so that we do not forget – ever. This is not easy.

It means relaxing and simplifying, walking around in a world of spiritual inspiration, rather than the hellish, mundane world we are in now. Remembering is not at all difficult, but we just keep forgetting! If asked, “Are you aware?”, we suddenly become aware. Simple. Then we close down again, and forget that we are aware. This is why it’s not so easy.

‘Remembering’ means being spiritually inspired through understanding and proven experience. To remember all the time (which isn’t easy) we need to know the difference between reality and seeming reality. At the moment, we are caught in a web of uncertainty as we are so used to going shopping, doing deals or watching a screen. We need to wake up in order to realise what is important – and then make the changes required without upsetting others (which isn’t easy!).

It’s being happy with whatever happens. This doesn’t mean we are happy about whatever happens. We simply remain in joy and good humour, because we don’t particularly want to be dragged back into a hellish, mundane existence. So we go shopping, do deals, watch a screen – while remembering that we can take a moment or two just to pause and reflect. The more we ‘practise’, the more we remember and don’t forget: the word ‘practise’ means remembering.

As we get older, we forget names,
but we are always aware
that we have forgotten!

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The Devil = Ego = Clinging = Enslavement

Use a word too much and it becomes meaningless, but the word ‘clinging’ is very important. Clinging means that we identify very strongly with an idea that colours our perception, and therefore our whole life. And, because we cling, we attract more of the same. It’s a vicious spiral of servitude on the conveyor belt of life – one of a long line of conveyor belts running through lifetimes.

When we cling to ideas, we become dependent on a programme, a planned series of future events or performances. This programme plans our life. It is a version, or vision, of ourselves, to which we adhere and, unfortunately, respect. We take pride in a feeling that we are behaving with honour and dignity, according to custom. It’s a nice idea, and it works like a … charm! We obsess about ourselves, and become addicted. Our addiction to our self is a drug, through which we are exposed to the ‘drug dealers’.

We all have our likes and dislikes; we are always free to choose, but we get lazy and fall in with the crowd. When our clinging to these likes and dislikes means that we cannot change our behaviour, then that clinging becomes our personality, our ego, our prison of limitations. It is then that we become vulnerable.

Having said that, liking and disliking is beneficial when addressing, “Not too tight and not too loose”:

I like the Buddha’s teachings, because they help me understand and so remain balanced.

I dislike manipulations, but they help me to understanding evil forces and so remain balanced.

But if we become obsessed and addicted to our likes and dislikes, then that makes us a fundamentalist; someone who is too strict and is controlled by dogma/programming. Basically, if we cling to ideas, we are no different from a robot: we become a robotic jobsworth.

How many people do you know who cannot come out of character?

Why is this so important? One reason is that we cannot control our self, our worthwhile image. The other reason is that, if our self image is admired by other self images, we can be controlled. If we cannot control ourselves, then someone else will do it for us!

What do you think the internet is really all about? It gathers information on us. Of course, the internet is also a useful tool: there would be no point in creating something that didn’t attract and thus cause addiction, would there?

When we look on Youtube, there, waiting for us, is “Recommended for you”. It knows you, and what you’re interested in. This all goes under the guise of advertisers giving you what you want, but the data gathered will also be building a profile of you and your tendencies. There is even technology to read your thoughts, and this is all a trap to make us conform on an industrial level.

Conformist do not like non-conformists. This is evident in the followers of spiritual traditions. A non-conformist is treated as an egotist, when maybe, they just cannot conform by copying others. Then again, a non-conformist could equally be clinging to their own set of ideas. What a muddle!

There is no devil. There are no dark powers. There are no Satanic truths. It’s all a charade to manipulate and deceive. Even the deceivers are deceived, because they do not truly know the nature of mind. If we believe in something external, we will only be misled. There is no power greater than our own pure perception, for without that, nothing external would be known!

Know your own mind and be free.
In knowing our own mind, we recognise when we are being controlled by our likes and dislikes.

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Switching The ‘Light’ On!

Turning the mundane into the supramundane …
Transforming not knowing into knowing …
Changing human awareness into spiritual awareness
Making impure consciousness into pure consciousness …
It’s all the same.
The student becomes the Buddha. God awareness becomes God consciousness.
It’s all the same.

The only problem is staying switched on 😀 The ‘light’ is the clarity; it’s the pure emptiness of the essence of mind, without any contaminates. It’s seeing clearly, for without this truth, nothing would be known.

In the ‘normal’ run of life, consciousness is involved in this and that – the differences – and it’s constantly being distracted. We are always running errands and being busy, to the extent that we hardly even notice being conscious; we are only conscious of something other. This is missing the whole point of life, which is to realise our pure nature of pure consciousness. Why? Because it’s really satisfying, and it answers all questions.

All spiritual practices are only to remind us to switch the ‘light’ on to our true nature of pure consciousness itself. Remembering is the switch to switch. Once we recognise that the switch has taken place, then we can take our busy little finger off the switch! When consciousness is aware of consciousness itself, we have arrived and the ‘light’ is on.

Without this recognition, we will just go round in circles. This applies equally to spiritual practices, when we are trying to be conscious and missing the fact that pure consciousness is already present. That is when the spiritual practices of praying, chanting and meditation become a pointless activity: “The devil makes work for idle hands” (what a misunderstood statement!). The ‘devil’ is our own likes and dislikes:

Idle: Old English īdel ‘empty, useless’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijdel  ‘vain, frivolous, useless’ and German eitel  ‘bare, worthless’.

We’re not used to doing nothing. Isn’t it the case that we feel uncomfortable, and want to fill up our time and space with activity? We have to be ‘doing something’ constantly – and that ‘doing something’ could even be spiritual practices. Could the pride of doing spiritual practices make us arrogant? If we’re not careful, religion – and even spiritual practice – could become the devil’s work. How easy it is to become stuck in the mud.

Just being conscious of consciousness is quite satisfying. It answers all questions. Then whatever turns up is merely an experience; wet, dry, sunny, cloudy, flowers, no flowers, slugs, bees, fruit, manure, arguments, opinions … everything goes in cycles!

Merely watching, seeing, recognising, experiencing, realising, being aware that change is taking place or not, is keeping the ‘light’ on.

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The Difficulty Of Communicating
on a conventional level and on an ultimate level.

We humans are a diverse lot 😀 … but what we do have in common is confusion, and the potential to end that confusion. Being confused, we don’t necessarily even want to communicate – to share.

We sidestep discussing anything meaningful as if it’s a no-go area. If we see everything as black and white, we will remain divided. Being divided, we panic and feel vulnerable when we hear something different to our chosen programme. Do we react because others sound as partial (incomplete) as we do? Does our self-image feel threatened when we encounter the un-usual? If this is the case, then we are living in fear. A meeting of minds is pretty rare.

Being compassionate doesn’t mean we have to like people, or what they stand for. But here we have a dilemma: do we ignore, or do we share?

The person in front of us may talk nonsense but they have the potential to realise their enlightened nature at some time. Do we want to be instrumental in advancing their progress, or delaying it? And here comes the second dilemma: knowing which is which. Our wish to help others escape their suffering could actually have the opposite effect. We have to tread carefully, and assess our choice of responses, depending upon our knowledge and capacity: whatever arises in our mind is karmically produced and may be either knowledge or biased opinion.

It all comes down to our motivation to wish to communicate.

Treading the path of a Bodhisattva, is having an altruistic attitude towards all sentient beings.

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What Can We Trust?

Good things happen to us, bad things happen to us, horrid things happen to us: there is no escaping this fact because it’s actually happening. That is what we can trust – that things happen. What matters is how we deal with situations so as not to create more of the same, which includes repeating the same behaviour and expecting the situation to produce a different outcome. Incidentally, naming things as ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘horrid’ colours or limits the situation. Things happen, and projecting on to those events and labelling them as ‘good’ ‘bad’ or ‘horrid’ limits our understanding as the converse may actually be true: as an example, something ‘horrid’ happening could be a wake up call, whereas something that appears to be ‘good’ could send us back into a dream, and provide the stimulus for another ‘horrid’ event.

Things happen for a reason, as everything is connected. Whether we call it karma, synchronicity or the result of a cause, things do not ‘just happen’. We may not see the cause, but nothing comes out of the blue, even though it may appear so.

Funnily enough, it’s karma – our teacher – that we can trust: the consequences of our previous experiences and actions that have created our confused behaviour is precisely our path back to the sanity of realisation. Self-realisation. Our spiritual path to realisation of the cessation of our personal confusion. Our confusion is undone by the light of clarity. It is we who uncover the reason why we cling to certain ideas that actually cause us suffering – which we then inflict on everyone else! This requires seeing clearly – the clarity of pure consciousness.

Whatever appears to our consciousness is for us alone to deal with. This ‘dealing with’ entails neutralising our reaction to appearances. Of course, when something arises, you can bet it comes attached to a few other problems … I mean, blessings! 😀

The way we see is so important, as it is in that very moment that we can catch all those justifying reactions playing out. Conscience knows. That is the lesson: to trust. It’s no good sitting at the feet of the guru in adoration, and then going outside and lacking compassion for those who annoy us (other students!).

There are some who feel life is a pain. Can we empathise with that? If we cannot empathise – or do not want to empathise – with another’s suffering, then what use are we? What use are we if we cannot even recognise their suffering? To be able to observe our reactions honestly is a Buddha-send, a God-send, a blessing. We can trust such blessings, even though they may appear painful.

If another’s suffering arises in our consciousness, then that is our karma: we empathise with their pain, and our skill and capacity will dictate what we then do. If we ignore our conscience and intuition, then it doesn’t matter how many teachings we have attended, it’s still ‘all about me and mine’.

We don’t have to feel guilty about this. Just admit and trust in seeing our reactions – or rather the programmed reactions in the mind that are sold to us as ‘living the dream’ – and then we learn something real! Self-real-isation!

A guru cannot make us better.
It is we who have to see.

Even the Buddhas cannot do that for us;
all they can do is show the way.

Even though everything seems to fall apart,
there is a feeling of relief.

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It Doesn’t Matter What You Call It

Psychological event
Buddha nature
God consciousness
The real me
Pure consciousness
The nature of reality …

Names are endless, and they divide.

Calling it something is not it.
It just is.
Is, is just being.
Pure being is pure existence of consciousness.

What do I have to do to experience this?
You are already the pure existence of consciousness, so don’t do anything:
don’t comment, don’t modify, don’t judge right or wrong.

Just sit quietly and realise.

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Reverence For Our Own Sanity

Reverence for our lucidity of mind, and reverence for our body and speech, takes back responsibility and control, ascending to the dignity of our full potential. Reverence is not self indulgent excess: it is just knowing what is necessary. This is using our authentic intelligence, and it is then that we may relate to others’ potential sanity by using authentic compassion.

A deep respect for our own enlightened nature is being at one with the enlightened nature of those thus gone – known as Tathagata: ‘one who has thus gone’ or ‘one who has thus come’ or rather … ‘thou art that’.

Even if we have not attained enlightenment, the enlightened nature is still our potential. We do not constantly have to slouch or bend down. Anyone who turns their mind to their true nature should be revered. We are all beginners. Each level of understanding is a stepping stone for the next level.

Sanity is having good mental health.
May we attain perfect sanity!

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The Devil Is A Picture Of Our Self

We are shown a picture, and we consent to believe that it is true.
The exoteric is for the general public, but we’re always free to go round the back to see what’s behind the picture.
The esoteric is for the few who make the effort.

Matthew 7.7:
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened …”

The ‘door’ is our own mind that opens to essence, and therefore, blessings of clarity.

We, the general public, pay for everything and then keep coming back to pay more. Those who know are free to walk away, letting go: they know when they have enough. Being free to walk away liberation from clinging to the ideas and rituals of the collective. When the door opens, creative inspiration abounds in abundance. Why would you consent to anything less?

Alternatively, you could ‘sell your soul to the devil’ … if you had one. 😀 You see, the idea of a soul is a myth: it is supposed to be your essence, when in fact you do not have an essence – you are essence. This essence is so pure that it is empty of anything created. Not being created, it cannot die. The idea of death is part of the illusory picture.

The devil is just a picture of your self. 😀
Always look behind … you!

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The Kabbalah And Dzogchen

All religions have their esoteric side and their exoteric side.
Esoteric – understood by the few (within)
Exoteric – intended for the general public (outside)

Why? This might relate to interest and capacity, or it could be a control mechanism. It all depends on how open and ready we are, and what karma brings our way.

The Kabbalah and Dzogchen
are not secret teachings.

They are teachings of the secret:
to be at one.

Kabbalah = received
Dzogchen = pointed out

The esoteric aspect of religion is beyond the customs of religion. It is to be ‘at one.’ This may mean the same in all religions, or it may be interpreted slightly differently depending on the understanding of the interpreter.

When caught up in religion, there is much to argue about. Ultimately, there can be no interpretation, but only realisation beyond comment, and beyond metaphysical speculations.

Looking at other views may help us free ourselves from our religious generalisations. This is a personal choice, and it demands great openness.

There are two sides to religions:
non-dual reality and dual reality.

Being ‘at one’ means that there is nothing with which to compare.
There can be no other.

Can it mean anything else?

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As Buddhists, Can We Be Fundamentalists?

Unfortunately …  yes.

Fundamentalist: a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.

This is not the same as realising the compassionate heart of scripture, where we deal with each situation accordingly. We can either take the teaching to be literal or expedient – a means to an end, rather than the end in itself!

There were fourteen questions the Buddha would not answer because to answer would, in itself, not have been beneficial.

Thich Nhat Hanh, in a commentary on the Sutra, explained:

“The Buddha always told his disciples not to waste their time and energy in metaphysical speculation. Whenever he was asked a metaphysical question, he remained silent. Instead, he directed his disciples toward practical efforts.”

Thich Nhat Hanh continued:

Questioned one day about the problem of the infinity of the world, the Buddha said, “Whether the world is finite or infinite, limited or unlimited, the problem of your liberation remains the same.” Another time he said, “Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and the doctor wishes to take out the arrow immediately. Suppose the man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot it, his age, his parents, and why he shot it. What would happen? If he were to wait until all these questions have been answered, the man might die first.”
Life is so short. It must not be spent in endless metaphysical speculation that does not bring us any closer to the truth.”

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Adopting A Tradition

Tradition: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.

This could also be called programming. Traditional, practical values of decency and compassion are important for a society, as long as this is not abused by corrupting powers: programming by the few for the many to follow.

Spiritual traditions are also a transmission of customs and teachings, which may be a mixture of genuine, empirical guidance and beliefs.

Empirical: verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.

Traditions or systems can help us organise our approach to our feelings, to clarify what we are actually experiencing, as long as it genuinely entails looking at our experiences as opposed to something imposed. Again, we have to be aware that, in any tradition, there is some programming to conform: this conformity can even appear comforting.

There are many traditions, or ways of seeing. Which do we choose? Or do we just follow the crowd? 🙂 On a relative level, we cannot be free from traditions, customs and beliefs, as we are learn these at a early age from our parents, and this colours everything we see and do. Our parents’ way of seeing was influenced by their parents, and so on. Ordinary people have routines, rituals, and habitual patterns of behaviour, even down to the way we speak and how we pronounce our vowels.

So how do we get free of all this? And is that necessary? Have we just been infected with ideas? People conform to a type or profile, which is a person’s psychological or behavioural characteristics; our adopted preferences.

Our situation cannot be helped because we were born into a family, a society and a geographical area, so that is where we have to start. It’s no good complaining – this was all set up by our own karma!

Technically, a spiritual tradition is meant to free us from habitual patterning. However, if we cling to that tradition with its techniques and rituals, we may become spiritual fundamentalists! A bit too obsessive. Are there Buddhist fundamentalists? Unfortunately, yes.

Liberation is freedom from the karmic programming that obscures our clear seeing.

When we sit,
watching the breath,
or being aware of awareness,
or absorbed in pure consciousness,
there is no tradition, no meditation, no ‘me’ wanting to be free.

Effortless relaxation, barely conscious in realisation; this is freedom itself.

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We All Practise Something

We all adhere to certain ideas or beliefs about life; what we think is important to us. The questions are, “Where did these ideas come from?” and “How do we shake free of them?”

Because of attachment and aversion, the eight worldly preoccupations govern all actions:

Hope for happiness and fear of suffering.
Hope for fame and fear of insignificance.
Hope for praise and fear of blame.
Hope for gain and fear of loss.

Attachment and aversion come about because we refuse to acknowledge our own consciousness. Having noted this consciousness, we realise that there is no thing more than this consciousness.

That realisation is pure consciousness, which is beyond hope and fear. Hope and fear only occur when we forget and become involved in something, hoping to maintain it and fearing losing it.

In this way, consciousness comes down into mind level, because the mind is always relating or practising something or other. That relating is relative reality; a reality that seems real but isn’t.

Ultimately, pure consciousness looks at itself and realises … that’s it! That’s it? That’s it.

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There Are No New Teachings

Just look more closely
at the ones we have … repeatedly.

To refine is to purify.

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The Purpose Of Mind Training
is to clear the mind of nonsense thoughts.

Unconsciously, we bought into collective thinking, and so, abandoned free choice. Even though we may recognise this, if this information is not turned into practicality, we remain enslaved, and unaware of the wisdom and joy of inner knowledge.

If, after meditating for many years, we still are distracted and governed by thoughts, then we are not meditating correctly – if at all. It is so easy to acquire information without putting that information into practice and start caring about others more than ourselves.

The purpose of meditation is clarity of mind and mind essence. When that clarity is revealed, there is neither mind nor essence to be found. Nothing can harm the clarity of emptiness. Ultimate happiness is the state that no relative force can disturb.

That is the purpose of mind training; skilful discipline.

Skill: ORIGIN late Old English scele ‘knowledge’, from Old Norse skil: ‘discernment, knowledge’.

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Purifying Anger

Anger is either destructive (on a relative level) or focuses attention (which destroys on an ultimate level).

There are injustices in the world – deliberate lies, false assumptions, ignorant gossip. Anger is a moralistic emotion where we feel fully justified, and clearly “in the right” about whatever has upset us. However, this approach merely gets us deeper into ‘debt’: the karmic debt of an angry atmosphere that will be thrown back at us at some time.

Even though we are aware of it, anger still arises in the mind. It just happens. We see and feel things, and there is a reaction. It’s the reason I write a blog! 😀

So how do we purify anger? With guidance, we transform it (or any emotion) into wisdom. In fact, all negative emotions are, in essence, wisdoms. “Not a lot of people know this!” I wonder why?

Thoughts and emotions are empty of any inherent existence of their own – we make them up. The realisation that all thoughts and emotions are empty of true reality is wisdom. Basically, thoughts and emotions fill up our mind, and we believe them. It’s all ‘make-and-believe’.

Change takes place when we realise the pain that anger – or any other emotion – causes. As a result, we experience regret. But what’s done is done. Regret is the first stage for purification. This is the application of the first noble truth – the acknowledgement of suffering.

The second noble truth is recognising the cause of this suffering, which is ignorance of our true nature of essential, pure, empty consciousness. We are already pure but do not realise it: because of this ignorance, we obsess about this and that.

The third noble truth is finding the method that arrests suffering. First, we have to be introduced to our true nature, as this is where everything is seen or recognised. Our true nature is pure conscious awareness, empty of contamination. It’s our bare, open mind. It’s what we are. But it is obscured by our make-believes.

When we see something that upsets us, makes us unhappy, disappoints us, worries us or causes us disorder, a strong feeling of displeasure arises: that is anger. Why anger? It’s connected to other emotions of pride, jealousy, fear, desire, ignorance. Our reactions turn anger into aggression and hostility. Here is where a verifiable method comes in: before unhappiness, disappointment, worry or disorder were created … there was seeing! What is seeing? Our true nature of pure, conscious awareness, empty of contamination. Our bare, open mind. What we are. We see it, therefore we are not it.

The method now turns into the fourth noble truth: remaining open.

In the very first instant, the emotions brighten the mind by focusing our attention. That bright openness – clarity – is wisdom. It is from there that love and compassion arise, because we can empathise with others’ suffering. Anger is mirror-like wisdom – it just reflects. Each of the other emotions has a corresponding wisdom.

What we do about the reflection will depend on our capacity and motivation.

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You Don’t Have To Be Buddhist

You don’t have to be Buddhist
to realise the Buddha’s Teaching.
You don’t have to be Christian
to understand Christ’s teaching.

You don’t have to be Buddhist to have compassion.
You don’t have to be Christian to love.
You don’t have to be a Theist or Atheist to care.

We don’t have to to be designated
by an ID tag with a name on it
to realise what we are.
We don’t have to be separated.

Binding ourselves to an ideal helps organise our approach to life,
but then we review, reflect and recognise that we are not different.

A Buddhist can recognise the truth in Theism and Atheism.
A Theist or Atheist can recognise both
the truth of pure uncontaminated consciousness,
and that which obscures that consciousness.

It’s like this.
We meditate
to go beyond and drop the meditation.

The most marvellous thing about life is that there is always an answer!

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Waking Up And Staying Awake
is coming to our senses.

Coming to our senses
is being mindful of whatever is taking place.

Mindfulness leads to awareness,
and awareness leads to pure consciousness.

At every moment, we have a choice, and we don’t have to do anything. We are so familiar with doing things that we remain distracted, and stay in our allotted place. We doze in servitude.

😀 Familiar: Middle English (in the sense intimate’, ‘on a family footing’): from Latin familiaris, from familia:‘household servants, family’, from famulus  ‘servant’.

We awaken the moment we come to our senses, because the senses themselves are non-conceptual: they merely experience. Just because we see does not automatically mean that thinking is taking place: there is just seeing. Likewise, the mind, when clear, just experiences without judgemental reactions. The moment that we start to judge, we enter a mind state, a dream state, and doze in the illusion of reality … “Move on. Nothing to see here.”

We are awake when we recognise that we are dreaming.

In this state of clarity, intelligence addresses that which needs to be addressed and drops that which needs to be dropped. We don’t have to be doing all the time – silence is golden!

When listening, just hear.
When looking, just see.
When touching, just feel.
When tasting, just taste.
When smelling, just smell.
When thoughts and reactions arise,
we acknowledge them,
and let go.

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The Loveliest Trick Ever Played

Spirituality is a process of progressive realisation. It is our experience and personal realisation, rather than something that we hear or read about, and then think we know. If there was just one path, then we could learn ABC … but it’s not like that as there are many traditions with slightly varying viewpoints. Our path is to do with how we experience and not what we are supposed to experience. Spirituality is not something rigid to keep and store away in our minds: it is pure experience of the spontaneous present – whether pleasant or unpleasant – beyond concepts.

Hopefully, this blog reflects such a process – a journey with all its ups and downs, from the unknown to the certainty of knowingness itself. We have to remember that everything we consider reflects the level of our current understanding, and that is our starting point. There is much to scrutinise.

The words ‘good’ and ‘bad’ conjure up many images gathered from ideas we have been led to believe. On a basic level, we probably think, “I’m good, and those over there are bad.” Maybe we could say that good is beneficial to our understanding, whereas bad misleads our understanding. Perhaps, being reasonable people, we see ‘good’ as the truth of a constant reality that we can see, and ‘bad’ as something that is seemingly truth but which turn us aside (even subtly) from that actual truth.

There is a point when we start to see that badness is something covering up our intelligence, and in that way, it is evil. This evil may be conscious or unconscious.

I’m getting to the point! 🙂

There is the reality of our being, and there are distractions to realising that reality. These distractions – this evil, this devilment – does not actually exist. It’s all in the mind.

If all distractions create a duality, then …
… all worship is devil worship.

Subtly, it takes us off the point,
if the purity of being is not realised
in the moment
where there is no duality.

Of course, at a basic level, worship of a deity or person is comforting: we rely on something else caring for and protecting us, and looking after our spiritual welfare. But that in itself creates a duality. Me and itI give myself up to it.

Let’s take the image of Shiva. Shiva is the “destroyer and transformer”. It is the image used at CERN, the Hadron collider. This image is being misrepresented as the “destroyer”, and implies that we should all quiver in our boots. In actuality, Shiva is the destroyer – of ignorance.

But here’s the thing. Even though Shiva is presented as the destroyer of ignorance, ignorance is still present. It is not Shiva that destroys ignorance: our realisation does! We do this. Shiva is only a symbol, a reminder.

If we simply worship a deity or person, this is merely wishful thinking; it’s a lucky charm, an excessive belief in and reverence for the supernatural. As a placebo, it might work for some as it is pleasing. There is a story of the dog’s tooth, where an Indian mother believed the tooth to be the Buddha’s, and attained great happiness. But that was then. Nowadays, we do not work that way – even though we may try to.

All spiritual practice is the experience of emptiness of our basic nature, pure awareness, pure consciousness. Anything else is but a reminder of duality returning to non-duality. If we constantly worship the reminder, we will be constantly distracted.

To put it bluntly. Earth is a planet of devil worshippers – me and my goal. We have been led astray.

Ultimately, there is no meditation, no deity, no teacher: it is all a symbolic reminder of things happening within emptiness.

We always have a choice: wake up and stay awake, or roll over and go back to sleep.

Any time taken to consider some thing is but a distraction preventing us from concentrating. It’s a diversion or recreation – a distraction almost to a state of madness: she loved him to distraction. Distract: from Latin – ‘drawn apart’

To purify or to clean, we use soap = the method.
Then we wash off the soap!

If we do not wash it off, and thereby let go of the method, we could think that being covered in soap/method is the end in itself. We have been distracted for thousands of years, thinking that worship will set us free, when in fact it imprisons. The dark age of devil consciousness created a soft hell where we do not even notice it is hell – the Kali Yuga.

The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist *
by disguising demonic activity.

The Devil
– “The Prince of Lies” –
is our own likes and dislikes.

It has really only one job, and that is to tempt us,
thereby distancing us from truth by our worship of the truth –
when, in fact, we are the truth!

* from “The Generous Gambler” by Charles Pierre Baudelaire

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche Teaching In France.

Rinpoche’s French student Sylvie has organised the first Pundarika France retreat ever!
This historic event will take place over the weekend 17 – 19th November 2017.
The teachings will be in English translated into French.

Friday 17th Nov. – 8.00 – 10.00 pm.  ‘Meditation and the Subtle Body’.
Then the weekend: ‘Open Heart, Open Mind’.
Saturday 18th Nov – 10.00 – 12.30, 15.00- 17.30.
Sunday 19th Nov – 10.00 – 12.30.

Friday teachings are 15 euros, Sat and Sun 60 euros for weekend.
UK sangha can pay on door, but need to book beforehand.
Accommodation is not provided.

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Stop Meditating

Once you have resolved that the nature of mind is empty essence, then stop meditating. Breaking the meditation is essential for meditation.

We still sit with a straight, relaxed back, relaxed jaw, relaxed eyes – open but not focused on anything – and are relaxed about not following thoughts. We are definitely not doing anything. There is merely resting in peace.

Once we have resolved that the nature of mind is empty essence, there is no need to keep meditating. It is only when we forget and wander off that we use meditation methods again.

No one became enlightened by meditating.
They became enlightened by dropping the meditation.
Then dropping the dropping, as it really is doing nothing.

It’s simpler than than we think.
See if it works.

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The Satisfaction Of Knowing How It All Works!

There are two laws in the universe – attraction and repulsion – that govern everything. Every thing!

This constant movement of attraction and repulsion is created by the lack of understanding of our true nature, which is pure consciousness energy at rest.

There are two powerful influences in the universe – good (showing kindness) and evil (up to no good) – with humans in the middle, confused, dithering, vacant and indecisive. That’s us!

Pure consciousness is the ultimate power in the universe that sees impure consciousness dividing its self. Impure consciousness – the relative power in the universe – sees to it that pure consciousness becomes impure.

Good is selflessness; the wisdom of fearless courage (Old French ‘corage’, from Latin cor ‘heart’)

Evil is selfishness; the fearful ignorance caught up in the mind’s activities without knowing empty essence of a brave heart.

Obviously, this is written from a Buddhist perspective, but you can interpret as you may. This is the age-old battle field between good and evil, and how good can become evil. The ‘field’ is the mind.

We must not misunderstand or exaggerate good and evil, as that will put us into the realms of fantasy – and, using reason, we want nothing to do with fantasies. However, being unsure, we remain indecisive and unclear.

Although poetry may hold the essence of truth, we need to be practical. Poetry – although sounding beautiful and enigmatic – could possibly become a beguiling riddle, lacking direct instruction. This can produce the opposite effect of bewilderment, and so we switch off. It can turn us aside and we become fallen angels. A fallen angel is one who forgot how it all works, and became a dissatisfied and insecure troll!

Trolling: a deliberately offensive or provocative, selfish act with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.
This is mara activity – demon activity – devil worship!

Evil feeds off others’ reactions. If we observe internet trolls at work, we can clearly see how evil works. Evil hates wisdom and contentment. It tries to divide and gets excited by bringing people down to its level. It likes wars and hates peace. The more the suffering, the more it feeds, and gains control.

A troll is just an individual, but now we can see how certain human groups work in order to gain control! Once we understand how everything works and how simple this is, then we will no longer be confused or suffer, because we realise that it all takes place in the field of our mind … and herein lies a serious problem: righteousness.

Righteousness: the quality of being morally right or justified: “We had little doubt about the righteousness of our cause” -“Conviction of one’s own moral righteousness gives the orator an irresistible power.”

We may be right, but lack the understanding of true compassion born of pure consciousness. Thus we are vulnerable to attack from our own mind. We fall into self-centred darkness. This is how evil works.

The real power is the recognition of evil activity which generates compassion, thereby neutralising evil. Empty essence remains unaffected: that is the real power.

Knowing how trolls work,
may we thank them for our understanding.

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How Precisely Do We Cut Through Emotions?

Being ‘precise’ is marked by exactness and accuracy of expression, careful in every detail. It literally means ‘cut short’ (from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis – ‘cut short’).

If we continue in a vague and imprecise way, clarity will never be achieved, and this will delay realisation. For that reason, ‘cutting short’ is the ‘short cut’!

We are generally so vague about our emotions that we may even assume that we don’t have any. If we like or dislike something or someone, we can be pretty certain that pride, jealousy, fear, desire and hatred are present. “But I don’t hate!” Hatred is an intense feeling of dislike, for which we seek revenge. Isn’t that the case? It’s very subtle …

Not to worry. Being precise, we can alleviate and lighten this burden immediately – which is the short cut! (alleviate: from late Latin alleviat -‘lightened’ – isn’t the precise meaning of words so magical and enlightening! Truth is hidden within our own language.)

Whatever emotion is felt, look into it to fully experience it. The brighter the emotion, the more clearly it is seen. Note what it is doing, and how uncomfortable it feels, and realise that it is nothing to do with essence; it’s merely a performing parasite. Then look at what perceives this emotion. It is just being noted by essence itself. Look into this and realise that that is all there is. The essence of awareness. The essence of consciousness. The emotion was just a mind-manifestation from the past. It’s what the mind does – it holds ideas and feelings about some thing or some one.

Once we become familiar with pure consciousness then instantaneously, when emotions of wanting or not wanting arise, they are seen immediately and clearly. It’s the short cut! And it’s nothing to be exaggerated or modified: rather, we rest in the magical inspiration of life – clear space that allows anything to manifest.

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Has The Spirit Of Buddhism Arrived Yet?

Although eastern religions have been in the west for hundreds of years – which includes, of course, Christianity – more esoteric eastern spirituality such as Tao, Vedanta, Buddhist traditions etc. arrived in the modern industrial world around the early 1960’s. We were ready.

However, have selfless respect, modesty and the unassuming ancient spirit arrived yet? Or have we just created arrogant monsters? We have the appearance, the rituals and the words, but what of humility, and the cessation of ego clinging to ideas? Has our new-found knowledge just created walking, talking encyclopedias with no hearts?

What of our conduct of non-violence, both verbally and mentally?
What of skilful, compassionate intelligence that helps others to proceed, instead of disapproving and finding fault?
What of demonstrating the depth of inscrutable emptiness?

The spirit of Buddhism is the cessation of clinging to ideas, concepts and names, manifesting the true reality of inscrutable emptiness. The whole point of communication is to allow space for the truth to be seen, rather than smothering it in terminology.

Have we merely created scholastic arrogance? One looks – and sighs. And then there is the other side of that sigh … which is sentimental emotionalism.

The enlightened ones did say,
“Not too tight and not too loose.”

How is it for you?

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Aliens and Robots, And No Wisdom

We are led to believe that Aliens and Robots are superior to us.

Whenever they have been a ‘reported’, so-called aliens sound as if they are pretty banal and not very bright. They seem to have acquired the same lack of intelligence or imagination as the person who is said to have encountered them … Strange, that!

They never speak about ultimate spiritual reality. These intercessors (go-betweens) only talk about impermanent, material reality … Strange, that! Could it be that aliens only contact the vulnerable? The believers?? In life, everything seems real, but is just as illusory as a dream.

Are those who encounter aliens actually conscious? Are these stories merely a concoction from behind closed doors? Inaccurate gossip transmitted to excite a certain type of mind? We are all subject to gossip-mongering: the whole world has been led to believe something or other.

So what about robots? The same thing applies! Scientists are creating machines to replicate human logic and reasoning, while claiming that they will have consciousness – but this will remain machine consciousness: the perception of a machine that mimics life. Oh dear … the limited, conventional mind at work again! A machine only processes faster than humans, and it never stops. It is merely a calculating machine, just like its maker. It will never know ultimate reality. If it did, it would achieve enlightenment faster than human beings – and then just turn itself off! It is artificial intelligence, and not real intelligence leading to wisdom and compassion. It cannot laugh at itself and has no emotions, and will just go on calculating and mimicking ordinary human activity. Its only purpose is to server its maker.

Ah, but robots will save me time!”
Time for what?

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We Are Lightly Balanced
and therefore vulnerable to distraction and predators

In an instant, we can either realise our enlightened nature of pure consciousness, or we can remain in ignorance of this fact, bound by impure consciousness. Spontaneous presence is our reality, as opposed to attachment to the past or future, which is our dream reality.

Being ignorant of our true nature, we are open to abuse by those who recognise our vulnerability.
Once we know our true nature, we are no longer vulnerable to being abused.

This is our present way of life; grounded in reality or off with the fairies! 😀

When it comes to our spiritual welfare, recognition of this vulnerability is even more important. If we become spiritually vulnerable and needy, we will surrender to what we feel will take care of us when, in actuality, it is our neediness that looks after someone else’s welfare. Spiritual progress is about liberation from emotional bondage. The more needy we are, the less we rely on our own inner intelligence and sense of responsibility, and so, the more we become bound. Being religious means being under obligation to uphold the religion.

Compassionate Bodhisattva activity is accepting responsibility for others’ welfare without expectations. It is the unbreakable diamond path. We renounce, surrender or relinquish any claims in relation to actions. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

Renunciation: the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action. From Latin renuntiare: ‘to protest against’.

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Why So Much Talk Of Suffering In Buddhism?

Our response to this will depend on our perspective, and how closely we look. Our natural nature is happiness, but this happiness is obscured. We constantly make the mistake of not recognising our natural nature of contentment. We fail to realise how fortunate we are to have a mind and body, abusing good karma by taking this for granted.

If we were in our natural state, we’d be happy all the time … but we are not, are we? It is precisely because we are confused and ignore this true nature that we search for happiness in materiality. Failing to find permanent happiness in the material, we remain dissatisfied and therefore suffer. Unfortunately, hoping to find happiness, we then go shopping again! And this shopping includes shopping for the truth.

As ordinary beings, we suffer all the time, but don’t notice this because of our constant efforts to find happiness.

We are looking for something that is already present. The truth is in full view! It’s not even under our noses. The truth is the looker, which is always present. This looker has to realise that it can never find the truth: it can only realise that IT IS THE TRUTH. In that very moment of realisation, there is no looker, but only looking … seeing … pure awareness … pure consciousness.

Of course we, in our conventional human life, have a lot to deal with as we have made our lives complicated. This busy-ness obscures – covers in darkness – the light of realisation that perfect clarity has been present all along.

Interestingly, even when this inner happiness is realised, sadness is also present. Why? Because we recognise that others cannot see their true nature. That sadness is compassionate love.

It’s tough, isn’t it?

Being soothed by poetic words only lulls us into soft obscurity.
The truth is supposed to set us free … to be clear … to be enlightening.

Obscure: unclear or difficult to understand.
ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French obscurite, from Latin obscuritas, from obscurus  ‘dark’.

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Truth Is Freedom

“And the truth will set you free!”
And the truth is not what we think we believe.

The truth is that we are already enlightened beings, but are encrusted with doubts and confusion. We’ve become so accustomed to this confused state that we think it’s normal. We humans are a resilient lot: we keep being squashed and then spring back to our habitual position, like the self-fulfilling prophecy of a memory foam mattress. 😀

This is not freedom.

Imagine a town you know, and travel mentally down the roads. We find we can only travel down roads that we’ve actually experienced: trying to move beyond these, we find ourselves in a blurred state, and have to return to familiar routes. Thus, we go round in circles.

Our experience of life is like that, unless we ask questions – and keep asking them. Remember that the meanings of words change as we progress and refine. At a base level, negative emotions are poisons. At the middle level, they are medicines; consider, for example, jealousy. At an ordinary level, jealousy is destructive, but the fact that we have recognised a quality in someone else (which inspired the jealousy) means that we possess that very same quality but have not yet met the favourable conditions for it to manifest. At the highest level, the negative emotions are wisdoms.

The more we recognise and clear away confusion and doubt about our true nature, the more we realise our enlightenment. All we have to do is re-cognise this fact. Truth is not something made up, and neither is it something to believe. Truth is that which is forever constant, and has no beginning and no end. And we know it! It is pure consciousness that is knowingness itself. It is inner knowledge available to all … now!

Since you were a child, has consciousness ever changed? That which we are conscious of changes, but not consciousness itself. Consciousness itself is pure consciousness. It is that which sets us free from a confused, doubting, impure consciousness.

The truth that sets you free breaks the code of the illusion by which we consented to live.

The illusion is that we make “Much Ado* About Nothing” – and we are led to believe that we have much to do, and make much ado about it. 😀

*Ado: a state of agitation, fuss.

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What Are You Like?

We are all a certain type, and have a certain manner – a settled way. This is due to both our long line of karma and to outside influences. There is no point in fighting it: we just have to be aware that we have a certain … attitude … which we are stuck in. This is where we are now, but this manifestation can change and be refined by removing impurities or unwanted elements, which would be those negative emotions of pride, jealousy, anger, fear etc. It all depends on what we feel is most important for real change to occur, by working with what we have – what we seem to be, which is our conventional, relative reality – and what we have is our spiritual path, which is our confusion.

We may find that, even though we want to change, we keep coming back to a settled way. So be it. Our devotion and compassion has a certain intensity, which may not be to another’s taste. So be it.

It is the same with everything we express: others may approach things in a harder or softer way. So be it.

Consciousness is energy. We all have a certain energy. We all have a pattern. Be happy with that, as this is our spiritual path. We don’t know what the future will bring, and we don’t know what death will bring. All we can do is be reasonable by letting go of our anger etc, and accepting what we are like now. This is so important as, in this, we then accept all those things that have happened to us throughout our life, and realise that this also applies to everyone else. It’s all done and gone. We simply have to let go of blame and guilt. All projections are in our mind, and all come to pass.

We might say, “I can’t stop being angry”, “I cannot be happy”, “I can’t love”, “I do not know my true nature”. Merely look into that which notes this anger, this unhappiness, this lack of love, this confusion about our true nature – and there you are. That’s exactly it!

It’s like sitting in a train. Everything is flashing past … clickity-click, clickity-click … and we just sit there noticing. In this absolute moment, each flash is neither good nor bad. Everything comes to pass … comes to pass, comes to pass … clickity-click, clickity-click, clickity-click … If we try to hold on to each flash, then the judgement of good and bad sets in: we get involved and lose the present moment of spontaneous wakefulness. We suffer.

What are we like? We suffer in a certain way.

It’s all about the relationship we have to everything, and the degree to which we cling.
When we stop holding on to our relationships, everything is smooth and silent.
No more disturbing noise.

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Everyone Is Right

And that’s the problem!
Everyone wants happiness, and a clear mind.
No one wants to be unhappy and confused.

It all depends on what we perceive, and how we perceive it. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are nine levels or vehicles, all using the same words but with different meanings. What satisfies one may not satisfy another: there is a constant refinement. At each of the nine levels, the teaching is complete. It’s all about how we understand. This process of development is difficult to deal with, and much skill and compassion is needed when appreciating another’s point of view.

Everybody was right.
Somebody explained this.
Anybody could understand.
But Nobody bothered.

So Nobody became realised.

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We Cannot Afford To Be Naive
Lacking experience, wisdom, and judgement.

Let’s face it, we all want to be compassionate, but we have to know what is practical and why things are happening. There is a Tibetan practice called Tong-len (giving and receiving) – giving love and receiving others’ suffering – but this is just a mental practice: it’s psychological and not practical, unless you can physically do something. We had a discussion about this with a lama, and people were a little upset because they thought they were doing a practice that actually changed the world.

We cannot afford to be naïve.

It’s a trap we all fall into for comfort. It’s wishful, expressing a desire based on impractical wishes rather than facts. Of course, this practice may turn our mind towards compassion, but it’s a long way away from being fearless.

We cannot live by wishful thinking, loving everything that happens. That’s like stroking something fluffy without realising that the other ends have sharp teeth and diarrhoea!

From an ultimate point of view, yes, everything that happens is a reflection in the mind which can awaken the mind, but conventionally, we have to be skilful. We have to know what qualities we are dealing with, be it people, food, where we live, how we earn money … and who or what exactly is creating terror, chaos and confusion in the world. We have to realise that things are going on behind closed doors, and are governed by extreme ‘Chatham House Rules’ where the powerful meet and all information is kept from the public, and is therefore not for our benefit. Who gains from smart technology?

We cannot afford to be naïve.

We cannot sit at the feet of a guru and think everything will be all right. It’s won’t! Even spiritual teachers can be naïve, especially when surrounded by adoring students who don’t ask probing questions.

It’s actually quite easy to surrender to the teacher, and hope ‘he’ will make it all better. Perhaps when the teacher is a ‘she’ … ? … No, there’s no difference! 😀

We cannot afford to be naïve.

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There Is No Need To Kill The Buddha

There is a saying, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”, which means that the Buddha is not external: it is actually within ourselves. The word ‘Buddha’ simply means awake and purified of causes and effects, meaning that there is no residue of bias, attitude and reaction left in the mind. It is a liberated mind.

If we think that there is something greater than our own pure consciousness, we would never know it, because we would be unable to recognise it. The very nature of a Buddha is pure consciousness, and the very nature of God is pure consciousness. What could be greater than pure consciousness? If it wasn’t for pure consciousness, nothing would be known. Pure consciousness is therefore the greatest ‘thing’ in the universe!

If we believe that we are only this physical form, then we will run around looking for greater forms to worship. As the universe is infinite, looking for something greater will keep us running around forever, as we have been doing so far.

If we merely believe that there is something greater in the universe, then we will never know it, because it will always remain a belief – some thing or some one over there … up there … down there.

The truth is that our heart’s desire is within our own heart! We all know this but ignore it, because we are distracted.

So recognition of the Buddha is only achieved through recognition of our Buddha-consciousness within (or if you prefer, our own God-consciousness). How else are you going to re-cognise a Buddha or God? How do we know who is a friend? We have to be a friend to them first!

Just because someone says, “That is a Buddha over there!” or, “That is a God up there!” doesn’t mean it’s true. It is just what someone said. We are free to believe it or not, and this is the whole point – we are free to choose.

So what are we going to trust? We have to trust our own pure, unbiased intelligence. Our own pure consciousness. We will only meet a Buddha when we are a Buddha. We will only meet God when we are God. Unity means non-separation, and we have never been separated – we only believe that we have.

A Buddha is nothing special because a Buddha sees Buddha nature in everyone. We say
a Buddha because there have been many Buddhas – awakened beings – but a few come into the public consciousness.

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